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New local boutique in town: Sans & Sans

Honestly, I've been trying to find a label that's affordable, stylish, timeless, yet not overly common. Shopping at Zara has been such a routine that I can actually spot outfits from the brand on the street. Ugh, overly common. Online shopping is a great convenience, but I've gotten my fair share of shocks, meaning the quality isn't worth the price you paid for, the outfit doesn't look good on you (why does everything look good on models??) or worse still, your product gets lost in the mail.

When I was introduced to Sans & Sans, who boasts pieces inspired from oriental heritage, I wondered if they would be more traditional or modern, and with Chinese tiles, blossom prints and Shikumen shop windows, I was expecting the former.

To my surprise, Sans & Sans balances both, and as a plus, are very affordably priced! I checked out their Marina Square store twice, because the polite sales staff informed me that new arrivals are in about twice a week. The range includes olive tailored pants, navy blue oversized shirts, bold prints on bright dresses, and also provide alteration services at additional costs. What I love the most about their clothes is that there's something unique about their design. For example, a white top with a black collar seems ordinary, but there's an added twist of sewn flowers all over the collar. 

And their accessories! Those really blew me away. The level of detail, the versatility of designs, are all statement pieces waiting to be paired up with your choice of outfit. It was fun trying different outfits and matching them together!

I really loved this top which seems plain but actually has a retro like circle fabric which you can't really admire from the picture. A twist to the usual classy piece. And those shorts!! So versatile and can take you from day to night easily.

Korean style top and baroque printed black skirt for work! It fit perfectly :) Looking chic for work is always a mega plus for me.

Really wanted to get this dress as well but it was too big for me at the arms and also that slit in the middle? Opens up all the way. Probably have to get it sewn together to prevent any unwanted 'exposures' hahah.

Pieces at Sans & Sans will set you back from $59 - $139 easily for a top or a dress, but the quality, workmanship, style and compliments you'll get after wearing them are worth it :p

PS: This looks very pretty but when I signed my credit card receipt on the wood backing, my signature wasn't smooth. Example of pretty but not practical lol.

Sans & Sans

Marine Square Shopping Centre


Orchard Central

Thanks Sans & Sans for the outfit! Will be posting an #ootd on Instagram soon hehe.

EZ-Link Imagine American Express® Prepaid Card for Black Friday rebates

The day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States, aka Black Friday, is not a day to leave out of your calendar! The only day in the year where every retail shop is packed with people and queues as they snag up the most out-of-this-world discounts (Think an S4 for a penny with a 2 year plan upgrade). Some shops even open their doors at the strike of midnight to maximise the sale potential! But the best part about Black Friday in this part of the world, are the amazing sales bargains ONLINE!

 Who can resist a good deal anyway?

In conjunction with the incredible sales, the EZ-Link Imagine American Express® Prepaid Card will be launching a Black Friday campaign this year, where users will be able to receive a 10% rebate for purchases at websites outside of Singapore (non-SGD transactions).  That's really amazing!! Imagine getting up to a 40-60% discount on items and then getting another 10% rebate on top of that!

Almost too good to be true!

How awesome is it that ANY international websites apply, eg U.S,Europe, Australia, Japan, Korea, China etc. are all applicable!! Just charge the spending on the Imagine Card (Amex purse) and you're good to go!

To gear myself up for the crazy Black Friday frenzy, I've been surfing around my favourite sites to take note and shortlist what I want to get, so here are my commonly visited websites that are eligible for the rebate, but don't let this list exhaust you because there are TONS of websites that apply!

Websites you can shop at to get your 10% rebate!

Do your homework first because impulse buying is BAD.

  • Nasty Gal

Home of dresses, shoes and accessories of every fashionable bad-ass girl. Don't forget you can get the highly coveted Jeffrey Campbell heels from here too! My favourite item to shop from here? Definitely heels. After all, a woman can never have too many pairs of shoes, right?

  • Net-a-porter

A more upscale online website, Net-a-porter carries designer everything. There should be some massive sale on Black Friday so you can use this opportunity to grab that bag you've been eyeing since forever, plus get a 10% rebate if you charge it to your Imagine card!!

  • Nordstrom

I really love shopping at Nordstrom because they've got a wide range of female apparel to pick from and it's very affordably priced for the quality!! The layout of the website is simple and easy to navigate too ;)

Oh, and they ship direct to Singapore. A major plus point! It's going to be exciting to see how much prices are going to be slashed by. 

Remember that the transaction has to be in any currency EXCEPT SGD!

Black Friday is the perfect time for you to shop on these websites because you can take advantage of such massive savings!

All you have to do to kick start your 10% rebate is to...

Purchase your Imagine Card

Getting your Imagine Card is super convenient. Just head down to your nearest Transit Link ticket office to get one! And for a limited time only, you can purchase the Imagine Card for just $15.00 (with $10.00 credited into your Amex purse).

Remember to activate it and register your card for security purposes by logging in on the home page, just in case you lose or misplace your card.
For more information click here

This 10% rebate will last from 29th November to 5th December and will be credited to your Imagine Card (Amex purse) by end of December 2013. Note that rebates on purchases will be capped at SGD$1,000.

Thank you EZ-Link Imagine American Express® Prepaid Card for this amazing deal!

EZ-Link Imagine American Express® Prepaid Card

Download the Imagine Mobile App on Google Play or App Store today!

Sinderella Custom Made Wedding and Evening Heels

Recently, I was invited to the Starhub TVB Awards, courtesy of HTC. (Thank you HTC!) Having no idea  what to wear, I panicked and decided to get heels first. Instead of the heels matching the outfit, the outfit can match the heels too :p

By sheer luck, I was introduced to Sinderella at Orchard Delphi who does customised shoes for formal occasions! Orchard Delphi is a quiet mall opposite Forum, further down from Palais Renaissance and along Orchard Road. I like that the shop is in Orchard Delphi because that's where you can find a lot of wedding dress shops and it's a good escape from the hustle and bustle in town. I hate shopping in crowded places, sometimes I get so turned off I just leave even though there's a crazy sale.

Welcome to Sinderella
When I reached, I was taken aback because the shop was just so pretty!! With glistening evening heels, feathers, velvet seats, and a warm smile from the staff you know you're in good hands.

Sinderella specialises in customised footwear for ladies. Have an idea of what heels/flats you would like for a dinner, formal event or your wedding? Sinderella will custom make these for you and you'll receive your footwear in 3-4 weeks! Express services will be at additional charges.

Thanks Isabel for accompanying me! Without her help I might still be at the shop deciding on a design, pattern, accessory etc, there's just SO MUCH flexibility when it comes to custom made heels!!

I've summarized the different ways you can customise your heels at Sinderella so keep reading! ;)
  • Design 

The first step would be to pick a design. Do you want strappy heels? Slip on heels or open toed heels? Get inspiration from the heels on display, don't worry if you don't like an aspect of the heel, you can change that later. Be it weddings, galas, birthdays, DnDs or special events, Sinderella  can help you create your dream pair of heels!

These heels with star shaped crystals stole my attention, especially with the unique v cut front! The other one looks like something a Disney Princess would wear. It's all about how you want to feel on your special day, right?

Going for the Starhub TVB Awards meant that it was going to be a red carpet event, so I picked an open toed pair with a simple motif! There are many designs to pick from, and if you head over to their website Sinderella, you can take a look for yourself!

PSST! 3 weeks later, after I collected my heels, I realised that the only tough consideration is that you're not 100% sure if the heels will cause discomfort or if they will fit. Mine were too big and even though I was provided with anti-slip paddings, they lost its stickiness pretty soon. Have to find super glue to permanently glue them on or drop by the shop again to see if I can get a strap added to them! Before getting them made, one size smaller was too small for me, and they don't have half sizes. Remember to make sure your feet fit when you try the sample heels they have in-store!!
  • Accessories

Want to add more 'bling' on your heels? No problem!

If you think that your heels are too plain or the accessory on the base design doesn't fancy you, there are cases full of accessories made of crystals and even pearls to pick from!! This heel caught my eye because of its pearls and feathers. Instant attention to your feet ;)

These heels will suit 'The Great Gatsby' theme if you're having a movie star Company DnD night!

For my heels, I did not add any additional accessories because... I didn't feel like it. Haha! Okay the true reason is because I wanted bling heels and too many accessories will steal the limelight from that.
If you pick accessories, rest assured that they are sewn on to your heels so they will not fall out!
  • Colour

Here's where you can experiment with colours! You can edit the strap colour, fabric texture (lace vs gloss), choose between a sparkly or non sparkly material and let your imagination run wild! Isabel and I were deciding between a black lace design for my heels or a satin one and eventually, satin won. As I hadn't decided on a dress, I didn't want to take a risk and go for something that might clash with my outfit, so I stuck to a safe choice - black.

 Timeless lace
Here's the black lace I was contemplating to add on top of the satin! You can remove the sample and place it on the heels if you need a stronger visual impact. That's what I did anyway!

Isabel really liked these heels because of the mesh sewn on detail, but it didn't look as nice in black!! If you're getting married soon you can consider this design, sooo gorgeous.
  •  Heel height

Of course, you can also pick the height of your heels, and the width of the base. I didn't want the tip to have too small a surface area (because it's harder to walk in for longer periods of time) so I picked the one in the middle. You can pick the material to wrap your heels, whether you want it to be the same colour as the body of your shoes or you can be daring and pick something totally different!
  • Heel design

Did anybody say BLING???? Yes you can add bling crystals to your heels!!!!  This is me trying to envision the final product :) You can ask for bling to be stuck on ANYWHERE so get creative and go wild!!

  • Additional details 

Better not lose your other heel like Cinderella or your heels won't make sense on their own!

Some people add 'I Do' at the soles so it would look nicer in pictures! That's an idea for you. You can add crystals on the platform, along the rims etc, and if your budget allows it, pick Swarvoski Crystals because they are wayyyy more sparkly!

 PSST! They also have a section for you to pick evening bags! Your bag should match your heels, after all.

It was a great experience, staff are attentive and will listen to your every detail and note them down. The hard part was over, and now I had to wait for my final product. *crosses fingers*

[3 weeks later]

The Finished Masterpiece!

Here's the final product of my heels that night! It's pretty isn't it? I had them swarovski-crystal'd individually, but some of the crystals fell out during the night. Guess crystals aren't that practical after all. Still no regrets though! :p Plus these crystals have a lifetime warranty so if they fall out you can head back to the shop to get them replaced :)

starhub tvb awards
My final outfit for the night! Dress: Isabel's, Heels: Sinderella, Hair: Komachi Hair Cult Bag: Germany

I was going for a minimalist, chic look that was versatile and elegant. Painted my toes red to match!

*throws confetti* what do you think of 3.5 inch heels with bling! I like the little gathers by the flower and the open toed front is quite special. My last toe is completely hidden and gives the illusion of smaller feet :O

If you look closely at the crystals, you'll notice a star near the top! I wanted a star because my heels had to be original and have a dash of unpredictability incorporated in the design, and I think the pasting of each crystal must've taken quite a while to complete!

Oh, I also added 0.5inch platforms (front half) and padding at the balls of my feet so that my feet wouldn't feel so tired from standing and walking around a lot. These little details really add up!!

Be sure to check out their shop if you're looking for customised wedding heels, formal heels or just need an excuse to get a new pair. You can order online at their website below and they ship all over the world! ;)


402 Orchard Road
Delfi Orchard #03-04
Singapore 238876

Thank you Sinderella! :) Will be back again for sure!

Foxtrot's closing down sale!

I can never have enough heels, bags and accessories!! They seem to match SO many outfits and have a longer lifespan than most clothes. So when foxtrot told me about their closing down sale with some items going for 50% off, I just had to make a trip down!

With pretty Atsuko-chan who speaks really good English and arranged to meet me at the store! Was trying to practice my broken Japanese with her and she's so patient with me *_* If you're lucky on weekdays you'll be able to spot her around Raffles Place, hehe!

Foxtrot is located in Serangoon Gardens. Look out for a HUGE pink foxtrot sign, directly opposite Chomp Chomp food centre!!

Really liked the welcoming and girly atmosphere. Sometimes I fear going to the second storey of shophouses because you never know what might happen lol #paranoid

Foxtrot has a really wide range of shoes, from pretty flats, glamour heels, casual sandals to comfy platforms, all encased in a pretty ribboned shoebox. Their bags are made of fine quality leather and inspired by trends and styles from all over the world. 

In the short time I was there, they managed to sell so many bags!! It's no surprise because they're definitely a steal. Leather bags for $69, how could it not tempt you??? I was super tempted and went crazy just trying them on hehe. 

All heels are $39 with rubber sandals going at $19!! Plus some shoes have additional paddings on the balls of your feet for extra comfort! 

Bling bling evening shoes. Check out the crystals on this one. Definitely a head turner!

I absolutely LOVED these heels!!! Classy and unique, but I had no occasion to wear this to :(
Tried these ultra high heels and I felt half a head taller! Clothes are being sold for $10 - $19 too!

There's a full wall mirror so you can strut around in your heels before deciding if you want to get something :p

Love the flowers that add a splash of colour and texture!

  Oh, and get this. ALL accessories are $5 each!!

Many designs to choose from! Earrings, rings, necklaces etc!

Cute designs!

 Trying to decide between bags :$

Finally decided on this one! Don't have any mustard yellow bags at home and it's leather so it's very durable!

 Their shoeboxes are sooo pretty! Rings that I'm wearing are available for only $5 each!! If you're wondering what design these rings are, they're in a shape of a dressing table and a silver mirror :)

 They only accept CASH so please remember to bring extra ;)

Find Foxtrot at:
6A Kensington Park Road 

(Opposite Chomp Chomp Food Center) 
Singapore, 557258
Contact number: 6288 6609


  Sale ends on 31 October 2013 so be sure to check them out before everything is gone!!

Be warned though. Wearing Foxtrot shoes may cause an inexplicable sense of euphoria, up your chic factor and attract intermittent comments about your remarkable fashion sense. :p

Thanks Atsuko-chan and David for the introduction! I came out of the store with a gorgeous new bag and leather flats! :)
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